GPISD Board of Trustees Recognizes Champions at January Meeting

Houston, Texas: At the January GPISD Board of Trustees meeting, the Board and Dr. Williams recognized Charles and Sheila Swindoll of Swindoll Paint and Body Shop as the Volume Buyer at the Galena Park ISD FFA Livestock Show and Auction held on November 21, 2013. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.  

With the help of the Swindoll’s and all the other auction buyers, many students will have the opportunity to further their education through scholarship funds or to help fund future projects.  The GPISD FFA Auction raised over $89,000 this year. 

In addition, Fluor Enterprises, a FORTUNE 500 company that provides engineering, construction, maintenance, and project management to governments and various industries around the globe, was recognized as a new business/industry partner with the Career and Technical Education Department.  Fluor Senior Manager of Community and Public Affairs, Barbara Jones, represented the international company on Monday evening.

Fluor will be supplying materials to the Welding Program at Galena Park High School and to the Flexible Manufacturing Program at North Shore Senior High School. They will also provide welder and millwright job opportunities for graduating seniors from these programs, along with other technical training after employment. 

A very special recognition and honor went to Harris County Deputy Precinct 3 constable, Julia Davis. Davis was selected as the 2013 Member of the Year by the Harris County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 39. She was chosen for her outstanding achievement and professionalism in law enforcement and for outstanding service to the community. 

Deputy Davis is currently serving the students at the Zotz Education Center and has served at North Shore Senior High School for ten years. 

During this meeting, Jennifer Bonilla, school nurse, and Martha Martinez, principal’s secretary, at Green Valley Elementary were instrumental in providing life-saving emergency medical care to a staff member on their campus. 

On the morning of November 14, 2013, a staff member collapsed at their desk and needed immediate medical attention.  Ms. Bonilla was summoned and found the teacher showing signs of an apparent heart attack.  As a result, Ms. Bonilla immediately began to administer CPR and instructed the assistant principal to bring the automated external defibrillator machine.  Ms. Bonilla began the procedure to shock the teacher's heart, while Martha Martinez, who is also a certified medical assistant, continued providing chest compressions. Through their efforts, the teacher regained consciousness and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. These ladies’ quick thinking, expert training, and willingness to work together as a team, helped save a life.   

GPISD nurses are highly trained professionals and Vicki McDade, RN BS, school nurse at North Shore Elementary, was approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and selected by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to participate on the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Item Development Panel of Subject Matter.  The NCLEX is the board exam given to nurses, and is one of the requirements necessary for attaining a nursing license. 

Ms. McDade was one of ten nurses in the nation selected to be on this committee and was nominated on the basis of clinical specialty and nursing expertise.  As a part of her selection, she was flown to Chicago to serve on the committee.


Board Meeting

Pictured: Wanda Heath Johnson, Charles Swindoll, Sheila Swindoll and Dr. Angi M. Williams


Board Meeting

Pictured: Wanda Heath Johnson, Julia Davis and Dr. Angi M. Williams


Board Meeting

Pictured: Wanda Heath Johnson, Jennifer Bonilla, Martha Martinez and Dr. Angi M. Williams


Board Meeting

Pictured: Wanda Heath Johnson, Vicki McDade and Dr. Angi M. Williams





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